Las Vegas auto accidents

Tips for Avoiding Las Vegas Auto Accidents

Las Vegas auto accidents happen for several reasons but many are preventable if drivers obey the traffic laws and avoid distractions.

It may seem obvious, but drivers must keep their eyes on the road at all times. The city is full of video screens and flashing lights designed to attract attention but all it takes to cause a multi-car accident on the Strip is one driver trying to catch a glimpse of the Bellagio’s famous fountains. It is even more difficult for the driver to stay focused on traffic when there are passengers in the vehicle.

Nevada law now prohibits drivers from using any handheld electronic device while the vehicle is moving. Texting while driving is becoming a leading cause of traffic accidents. Most people have no idea how long their eyes stray from the road while they are texting or reading a message. It is long enough for disaster to strike if traffic up ahead comes to a sudden stop or a pedestrian unexpectedly wanders onto the roadway.

Everyone is aware of the perils of drinking and driving. Alcoholic beverages are easy to find in Las Vegas and difficult for some to turn down. Groups should always remember to choose a designated driver. The city offers numerous affordable public transportation options, including taxis, buses, shuttles and limousines. There are no excuses for anyone to be driving drunk.

All passengers must wear seat belts, including those riding in taxicabs that have them. Children under the age of six and up to 60 pounds in weight must ride in an appropriate child safety seat. Restraints decrease the risk of injuries if the vehicle comes to a sudden stop, whether in an accident or to avoid a road hazard.

Just because you follow the rules does not mean everyone else does. The law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 388-GGRM (4476), can help protect the legal rights of anyone involved in Las Vegas auto accidents.